Arizona State University
Senate Motion #2014-40
Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Eduardo Pagan, Chair
Date of First Reading: December 2, 2013
Date of Second Reading: February 3, 2014
Title of Motion: Request from the College of Public Programs–Dean’s Office - for the establishment of a graduate certificate – Program Evaluation
Action Requested: The Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee recommends University Senate approval of a proposal submitted by the College of Public Programs – Dean’s Office – for the establishment of a graduate certificate – Program Evaluation
Rationale: The proposed certificate will provide students with a solid grounding in the applied and conceptual tools of conducting evaluation research. Professionals in the government, nonprofit and private sectors are increasingly required to demonstrate effectiveness of programs and activities. The program is less intensive than the proposed MS in Program Evaluation and will be an attractive option to students in a variety of degree programs as well as professionals who may have a master degree but would like some expertise in program evaluation. There are thousands of professionals requiring these skills providing a large potential market. There are no comparable programs at ASU, and though not prevalent at other universities there are similar graduate level programs, either master degrees or graduate certificates, at University of Washington (School of Nursing), University of California Berkley (Graduate School of Education), Boston University (School of Education), Tufts University (Arts and Sciences), and University of Connecticut (Educational Psychology). This certificate will compliment many of the other programs at ASU where graduates are likely to engage in program evaluation.